16 1/2" Marc Laberte viola, Mirecourt circa 1950
Marc Laberte (b.1880, d.1963) was a French luthier and bow maker. He was named as director of his family's Laberte-Humbert Frères company, which had been manufacturing instruments and bows since 1780. He also ran its extended firms and merged with the Fournier Magnié company in 1920. His illustrious career yielded numerous accolades, including grand prizes from various exhibitions at home and abroad. One of these awards was the Grand Prix for the Stradivox Magné phonograph, which became available in different versions.
During Marc Laberte's tenure, the firm grew significantly, with at least 400 employees. The company's best instruments were made by a small team of especially skilled craftsmen called "l'Atelier des Artistes," which included Joseph Aubry, Charles Brugère, and Camille Poirson, among many others. They also bought the famous "A La Ville de Cremonne" trademark from Paul Mangenot. The company owned an extensive collection of fine instruments from masters like Stradivari, Guarneri, Lupot, Stainer, and Vuillaume, which served as models for their own line. The firm's legacy instruments bore the Laberte Humbert label, with or without the round stamp that reads LH.